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Bumgarner, Giants beat KC 3-2 to win World Series (Yahoo Sports)

San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy celebrates after Game 7 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. The Giants won 3-2 to win the series. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Madison Bumgarner punctuated his World Series performance for the ages by pitching the San Francisco Giants to their third championship in five years with a 3-2 win over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night. I was just thinking about getting outs, getting outs, until I couldn't get them anymore and we needed someone else,'' Bumgarner said in a monotone that made it sound as though he was talking about batting practice. Bumgarner had retired 14 in a row when Alex Gordon sent a drive to center field. The pitcher pointed his glove in the air, thinking it could be the final out, but the ball fell in front of Gregor Blanco for a single.


Giants ace Bumgarner wins World Series MVP (Yahoo Sports)

San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner celebrates with the MVP trophy after Game 7 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. The Giants won 3-2 to win the series. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Madison Bumgarner was limbering up at Kauffman Stadium this week, getting loose with his San Francisco teammates near the dugout, when Tim Hudson and Michael Morse sneaked up from behind and ruffled the pitcher's long, scraggly locks. They were about the only ones who could touch Bumgarner in this World Series. The 25-year-old Bumgarner capped off a most splendid October and earned MVP honors Wednesday night, pitching five scoreless innings of relief in Game 7 as the Giants held off the Kansas City Royals 3-2.


Georgia's Todd Gurley suspended 4 games by NCAA (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2014, file photo, Georgia running back Todd Gurley (3) celebrates with linebacker Amarlo Herrera (52) after an NCAA college football game against Tennessee in Athens, Ga. No. 9 Georgia continues to await word from the NCAA on the status of star tailback Todd Gurley for Saturday's game against Florida. Georgia has asked for the reinstatement of Gurley, who has acknowledged mistakes and has been suspended the last two games for an alleged violation of NCAA rules. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Georgia was hoping to get Todd Gurley back on the field. Looks like the No. 9 Bulldogs will have to wait two more games. The NCAA announced Wednesday that Gurley, once a leading Heisman Trophy contender, must sit out until Nov. 15 for accepting more than $3,000 for autographed memorabilia and other items over a two-year period. Gurley already missed the Bulldogs' last two games, and the school had petitioned for him to be reinstated in time for Saturday's Cocktail Party rivalry against Florida.


Romo: Back pain won't be reason he skips Sunday (Yahoo Sports)

Dallas Cowboys' Tony Romo walks back onto the field to play during the second half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)

If it's a question of tolerating pain, Tony Romo says he will play Sunday against Arizona - and history supports him on that point. He said Wednesday he doesn't know, which goes to owner Jerry Jones' point that it could be a game-time decision against the Cardinals. Romo said the injury that sidelined him for about a quarter before he returned late in regulation of Monday's 20-17 overtime loss to Washington was ''more than a contusion,'' referring to coach Jason Garrett's description. The latest injury isn't related to the herniated disk Romo played through without leaving the game in a come-from-behind win at Washington before surgery five days later last December.


Lakers' Randle has surgery, likely out for year (Yahoo Sports)

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 28: Julius Randle #30 of the Los Angeles Lakers sits against the basket as he is tended to after breaking his leg in the second half against the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on October 28, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The Rockets won 108-90. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Los Angeles Lakers rookie forward Julius Randle is expected to miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on his broken right leg. The seventh overall pick out of Kentucky broke his leg in the fourth quarter of his NBA debut in Los Angeles' season-opening loss to the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night. Randle was strapped to a wheeled stretcher and taken off the Staples Center court after colliding with two Rockets and landing awkwardly with 6:46 to play. Before Wednesday's game at Phoenix, the Lakers announced that Randle's injury was just as serious as it appeared.


Redskins' Gruden: RG3's return based on practice (Yahoo Sports)

Robert Griffin III will make his return on Sunday ''if he shows he can handle the workload'' in practices over the next two days, according to Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden. In a text message Wednesday night to The Associated Press, Gruden clarified Griffin's situation. The coach said he told the team earlier in the day that the coaches were going to ''work Robert in with the first team but be ready for whoever'' the quarterback is, either Griffin or Colt McCoy.


Gasol, Bulls blow out Knicks in Rose's return (Yahoo Sports)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls handles the ball against the New York Knicks during a game at Madison Square Garden in New York City on October 29, 2014. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Derrick Rose spent way too much time sitting and watching the last two seasons. ''It was real fun being on the bench,'' he said, ''being able to laugh, talk basketball to your teammates whenever they come back to the sideline.'' Not to mention check out a team he says can be ''scary.'' Pau Gasol had 21 points and 11 rebounds in his Chicago debut, Rose scored 13 points and the Bulls spoiled Derek Fisher's first game as an NBA coach by beating the New York Knicks 104-80 on Wednesday night. Reserve Taj Gibson finished with 22 points to lead the Bulls, who with a wealth of frontcourt depth didn't even need a big night from Rose.


Blazers beat Thunder 106-89 with big 4th quarter (Yahoo Sports)

PORTLAND, OR - OCTOBER 29: LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the Portland Trail Blazers shoots against the Oklahoma City Thunder on October 29, 2014 in Portland, OR. (Photo by Cameron Browne/NBAE via Getty Images)

LaMarcus Aldridge's first basket of this season was a bit of a surprise, even to him. Aldridge hit a 3-pointer and Portland's All-Star forward went on to score 27 points in the Trail Blazers' 106-89 season-opening victory over the injury-depleted Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night. Aldridge, who has been working on his long-range shot, said Russell Westbrook's defense on the play gave him no choice but to shoot. Most notably they were without reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant, who had surgery for a fractured bone in his right foot this month and will likely be sidelined until December.


Suns rout Lakers 119-99 despite Kobe's 31 points (Yahoo Sports)

PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 29: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to a foul call during the second half of the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on October 29, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Lakers 119-99. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The shots were falling from all over the court for the Phoenix Suns in their home opener Wednesday night. Kobe Bryant was a one-man show for the Los Angeles Lakers. The result was a 119-99 Suns blowout. Isaiah Thomas scored 23 points in his Phoenix debut, Marcus Morris matched his career high with five 3-pointers and the Suns dominated the night despite Bryant's 31 points.


Howe's family says his condition is guarded (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2012 file photo, Hockey Hall of Famer Gordie Howe, part owner of the Western Hockey League's Vancouver Giants, looks on during news conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. Hockey great Gordie Howe has lost some function on the right side of his body after having a stroke Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 in Texas. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck, File)

Gordie Howe's family says the hockey Hall of Famer's condition remains ''guarded'' but his spirits are good after a significant stroke Sunday. The family released a statement through the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday. The stroke occurred over the weekend at his daughter's home in Lubbock, Texas. The family says the 86-year-old Howe is showing some signs of improvement, but there is a long road to recovery ahead.


Fishing and Boating are Great Activities for the Entire Family


(NewsUSA) - NewsusaInfographic - "Protecting Memories" reminds us that fishing and boating are great activities for your family to make memories on the water. Participating in these fun outdoor activities actually contributes to the protection and conservation of our nation's waterways for generations to come. Learn more at TakeMeFishing.org. See full-sized image here. 

Erase Strokes From Your Golf Game -- No Pencil Required


Five words or less(NewsUSA) - "To shave strokes from your golf game, the only equipment you need is a good eraser." Although this phrase is uttered jokingly by many golfers, recreational golfers who've reached their plateau have had very few other options, until now. "If recreational golfers insist on following the rules used by the PGA Tour, there's little they can do to immediately improve their game," says John Hoeflich, executive director, of the United States Recreational Golf Association (USRGA). "Howeve

Shave Strokes off Your Golf Game -- Without the Eraser


(NewsUSA) - "To shave strokes from your golf game, the only equipment you need is a good eraser."Although this phrase is uttered jokingly by many golfers, recreational golfers who've reached their plateau have had very few other options, until now."If recreational golfers insist on following the rules used by the PGA Tour, there's little they can do to immediately improve their game," says John Hoeflich, executive director, of the United States Recreational Golf Association (

Racing Through the Pain With Olympic Ski Champion Picabo Street


Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Named after a small town in her home state of Idaho, Picabo Street gained fame as an Olympic gold medalist and World Cup ski champion. But her career might've literally gone downhill had she not turned to chiropractic care. "Chiropractic has been a life saver for me," says Street. "I can say that [without it] I do not think that I would be able to ski today, recreationally or otherwise." Street won a gold medal in the 1998 Winter Olympics. Later that year, she slammed into a fence

Sportscaster Linda Cohn Enhances Her Game With Chiropractic Care


Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Ask TV's Linda Cohn to list what's surprised her most in her 22 years as one of the most successful female sports anchors around, and one thing immediately jumps out at you. That's because it has nothing to do with, say, scandals -- and she's certainly covered her share -- and everything to do with chiropractic care. Specifically, how many professional athletes attribute their success to it. "Chiropractic care is a remarkable approach to health care that helps to keep you healthy a

The Big Holiday Decision: Xbox One or PlayStation 4?


Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Feeling like you haven't had this much trouble making a decision since Leno and Letterman first went head-to-head? That's okay, the debut of the new Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles -- conveniently just in time for the holidays -- means countless people just like you are also debating which to buy for the very psyched gamers in their families. Both represent a big leap in graphics, speed and intelligent personalization. Both have tons of games sure to please. That said, a Forbe

The Most Dangerous Sport for Women? Try Cheerleading


Five words or less(NewsUSA) - It turns out that cheerleaders and football players have something in common you might not have guessed: concussions. According to a new study in the Journal of Pediatrics that found cheerleading to be by far the most dangerous activity for female athletes -- accounting for 66 percent of their catastrophic sport injuries -- more than a third of girls who suffer a concussion don't even recognize the symptoms well enough to report it. The research comes on the heels of numerous news

Enhance Your Sports Watching Experience With the Right Light


Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Football season is here, and baseball playoffs are just around the corner, which means it is also time to get your entertainment area in shape for family and guests. Whether your TV is in your family room or a dedicated media room, it takes more than just a big screen to get the most enjoyment out of your viewing experience. According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), good lighting can significantly enhance movies and sports watching, while poor lighting can be a distract

Ants: America's Number-One Nuisance Pest


Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Imagine an earless creature that can carry 20 times its body weight living with thousands of seemingly identical clones that will fight to the death when challenged. While this image could be taken right from a science-fiction thriller, it also depicts America's number one nuisance pest ? the ant! According to a recent survey conducted by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and Dr. Lauren Hansen of Spokane Falls Community College and Washington State University, ant i

Stink Bugs -- A Smelly Fall Nuisance


Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Turning leaves and cooler weather are sure signs that fall is here, but for homeowners in a number of states across the country, stink bugs are quickly becoming another sign of the changing seasons. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) says we are likely to start seeing these smelly pests hanging on curtains, lampshades, screens and other objects inside homes in the coming months. The brown marmorated stink bug, native to Japan, China, Taiwan and South Korea, was first di

Super Bowl Champion Mark Collins Tackles Pain With Chiropractic Care


Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Over the span of his career, defensive back and two-time Super Bowl champion Mark Collins has experienced more than his fair share of unnecessary roughness. "I played defensive back for the New York Giants from 1986 to 1997, with the Kansas City Chiefs, the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks," Collins says. "Played 13 great years, had a lot of hits. "Gave a lot of hits and took some hits, too, and I can tell you it has wear and tear on your body." After all those years o

On the Run With Professional Marathoner Stephanie Rothstein


Five words or less(NewsUSA) - By the age of 4, Stephanie Rothstein-Bruce was already off and running. In fact, from high school through her college years at U.C. Santa Barbara, she can't remember a time when she wasn't running. Now a professional marathoner for Adidas, the athlete and her husband, Ben, train year round, participating in U.S. track and road championships as well as marathons. "I've competed in two Olympic track and field trials," she says, "and ran away with an eighth-place finish in the 2012

How Olympic Gymnast Nastia Liukin Keeps Her Body in Balance


Five words or less(NewsUSA) - U.S. Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin was born into a world of balance beams and dismounts. "Both my parents were celebrated Olympic and world champion gymnasts in Russia," Liukin says. "They came to the U.S. and started coaching gymnastics when I was a baby. "Because they couldn't afford a babysitter, I was always hanging around in the gym with them while they worked. I used to run around on the bars and mimic the other children and even copy and perform their floor routines at the s

Targeting Obesity With Chiropractic Care


Five words or less(NewsUSA) - You'd think that with the thousands of weight-loss products and treatments on the market today, more than 140 million Americans age 20 and over wouldn't officially be considered overweight or obese. Wellness and fitness expert Shea Vaughn says there may be an overlooked solution that could provide help for those struggling with their weight. "We know chiropractic care helps patients with many physical ailments," says Vaughn, "but it also represents a proactive approach in helping t

Basketball Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman's Career-Saver


Five words or less(NewsUSA) - If it wasn't for chiropractic care, basketball Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman might not be the household name she is today. In 1991, six years before she'd go on to make a splash in the inaugural season of the WNBA, a car accident threatened to end Lieberman's career. "I was driving in Dallas, driving down 75 and Mockingbird Lane, and there was some road traffic or something,"she recalls. "All the cars in front of me came to a stop, but the driver behind me didn't." The whiplash sh

How an Outfield-Wall Collision Changed One Baseball Player's Life


Five words or less(NewsUSA) - "The wall won." That's how retired Chicago White Sox minor-leaguer Greg Shepard recalls the life-changing night in 2000 when he violently crashed into the left center field wall while trying to run down a fly ball. Most people would've done exactly what his then-wife implored -- rush to an emergency room -- when he woke up the next morning basically paralyzed. "I couldn't lift my body out of bed, turn my head, or move my right arm," he says. But not Shepard. "I told her, 'Open the

Camping Is Fun, Pests Are Not: Keep Safe in the Great Outdoors


Five words or less(NewsUSA) - For camping enthusiasts, the summer months provide endless opportunities to take advantage of the great outdoors. Children and adults alike unplug and unwind to enjoy backpacking, hiking and evenings under the stars. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) reminds those who will spend more time partaking in open-air adventures to add insect repellent, hats and protective clothing to the packing list. "Camping is a wonderful summer pastime," noted Missy Henriksen, vice pres

Fact or Fiction? Advice for Fending Off Mosquitoes


Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Summer may have just begun, but mosquitoes are already out in full force in many parts of the country. In fact, several cases of West Nile Virus (WNV), which can be carried by infected mosquitoes, have already been reported. With the early start of WNV, compounded by the fact that 2012 was the deadliest year on record for the illness according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), precaution is the name of the game this summer. To help the public safeguard thems